Stolen Away ~ A letter to those who stole someone from us…

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A closer walk…

On Feb 1, 2012 I began a fast. A 21 day fast. Yes, there was the usual food restriction thing going on which included 10 days of juice & water only. But this was more of a spiritual fast. God called me out and told me I needed to break free of some pretty damaging habits. You see, I’m a time waster. Actually, I’m addicted to time wasting if I am being honest with myself, much less you (whoever ‘you’ might be). SO, during the past 21 days, I avoided faebook (gasp) and all single player games of ANY kind. I couldn’t believe how much time I had on my hands. I do believe I got more things done in the last 21 days than I have in the last 21 years. Sad, isn’t it? Well, such WAS my life. In the last 21 days I discovered that I can be helpful in our automotive shop and that it isn’t just my husband’s responsibility. I found out I DO enjoy cooking but I still have trouble if I don’t know ahead of time WHAT I am cooking. I still dislike vacuuming and mopping but I’m better with the rest of the chores around the house. You’ve been able to see the floor in my bedroom for a whole month!! Crazy, huh???

Well, now the next part of my journey begins. Now I have to stay on track with all the progress that I’ve made. My husband and I are involved with a jail ministry program called Residents Encounter Christ (REC http://www.recfl.org) that is growing like crazy and I need to be more focused and dedicated to do what God is calling me to do in that area of my life.

Along with this, I need to continue building my relationship with my husband. We are very soon going to be without children as our youngest of two turns 18 this year. We have never been just the two of us!! While I am looking forward to it, I’m also a bit nervous! But seriously, we’ve been together 23 years, our son will be 22 next month, we’ve never had any real time where it was just he and I. This should be interesting.

Well, I guess that’s it for now. I am putting this blog back on my to-do list. I used to enjoy very much sharing things here, whether it be day to day life or creative writing. Let’s see where this goes now. Glad to have you along, feel free to check in anytime.

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With the best of intentions…

You ever that idea? You know? THAT idea? The one that you know is just going to change your entire life! Whether something simple like keeping the bathroom counter clean or as big as starting a blog that you hope will bring some sunshine and happiness into someone’s life because you are so blessed that you just have to share it!! And then…the world happens. Life happens. Just ‘being’…happens and the next thing you know, your great idea has fallen asleep in the dark closet or drawer in that room we put all those ideas “we’ll get to…one day…no really, we will”.

That is what happened to THIS blog! But inevitably, it finds a way to remind that it is still here, waiting patiently for me to ‘come home’ and share my heart with it. It reminds me of how God waits for me. He never gets angry when I lose my way or don’t come when I say I will. He knows that I will be back. Because I need Him. And I need this blog. It gives me a place to release my thoughts, concerns, frustrations, joys, fears and any other emotional outburst I may have!

Yesterday I began a health challenge that I KNOW is going to change my life. I have decided to make the effort to challenge myself mentally and emotionally as well by coming back here and working through the good and the bad of what the health challenge might bring. I may be doing it here all by myself as I know I haven’t really posted here in a long time but that’s ok. Any guests that may show up along the way will just be an extra BONUS to me!!

So, if you’re there reading these words right now, thank you. Thank you for taking precious time from your life to be part of mine. I hope I will see more of you and that if we don’t know each other, maybe we’ll get to be great friends. Or maybe we may never be introduced but something you get here helps you or a friend and that would be amazing too!

May God protect you who need protection, comfort you who are struggling, Love you who think you’re alone and bless you in ways you can begin to imagine.
Take care and thanks again for stopping by!

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I am a Disciple of Christ – Author Unknown

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secured!

I am finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talks, chintzy giving and dwarf goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions or popularity.

I don’t have to be right, first, top, recognized, praised or rewarded.

My faith is set, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow down ’til I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.

I am a Disciple of Christ. I must go ’til He comes, give ’til I drop, preach ’til all know and work ’til He stops.

And when He comes to claim His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for I am His follower, a Disciple, a Christian!

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Being a Christian has nothing to do with how much time you spend in church or how much money you spend at church. It has to do with how you interact with other people on a daily basis. Do you make a concerted effort to just do something simple or nice to one person every day? Smile at a stranger, slow down to let a car in ahead of you in traffic, hold a door for someone? Your time with God’s children outside of church is way more important than the time spent in the church.

Just because you go to church doesn’t make you any more of a Christian than standing in your garage makes you a car! (Courtesy of Joyce Meyer)

We had the opportunity to spend a weekend in jail bringing Christ’s love to the residents there. I do believe we may have gotten more from it than they did! What an experience!! We are eagerly awaiting our next team. It is definitely where God is calling us to be. Our friends used the writing above during their talks and it has had a profound affect on me and my walk with Jesus.

Love is truly the answer to so many of the world’s problems…if we shared our love as easily as we share our anger the world would be a different place.

So how about it? Where do you stand? Are YOU a Disciple of Christ? Are YOU willing to truly walk the path He gives us? Are YOU willing to give up the flash and sparkle the world uses to distract you from your true purpose here?

I am here to offer support, suggestions or a sounding board for you in your walk. I am NOT an ordained pastor or preacher, just a believer who wants to help anyone I can find their way to Jesus. Jesus made it simple…Love God with everything you have and love others as you do yourself. By just doing these two things, the rest of the 10 commandments cannot be broken. Oh and even if you don’t believe in God, just do the second one and the world would still be better. I’ve said it before, even if you don’t believe in God, what do you have to lose by sharing love, laughter, joy and smiles with others??? What harm can be done by living the way Jesus says we should live? At the end of it all, even if there truly is no God (which I firmly believe there is) what harm have I done by living like there is? I’m not talking about the hypocritical people who put God’s name on the things that they do that are obviously not what God wanted. Those that hurt, judge, criticize or attack in the name of God will get what is coming to them.

If you’re living your life like there is no God, you’d better be right…

Take care, God Bless and come back soon!
Jena

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Try something new…

Are you up for a challenge? No? Maybe? Aww come on…you can do better than that! Are you ready for a challenge? Good, here you go:

Try the following over the weekend and let me know what happens.

Every person that you come in direct contact with…EVERY person, family, friend, stranger…everyone…find one thing nice or encouraging to say to that person. It will be harder to do for family than strangers I think you’ll find. But even if it’s as simple as smiling ( a real geniune smile, there has to be at least one thing in your life that you’re happy about, like say the fact that you’re alive and able to read this post) and saying “Have a great (day, evening, weekend).” You will be surprised at the reactions you get. Some good, some bad, some indifferent. But you might not ever know what the outcome is because it could come later.

Don’t be a passing shadow in your own life. Be a lighthouse! For yourself and for others. Your light could show a stranger that there is hope. You could keep that one person from becoming a serial killer because your smile could crack that wall around them. People need to know that there is actual life on this planet and that someone actually sees them. Just them…not wanting anything more than to acknowledge their presence.

Make the decision to be positive…just for the weekend…and then see how much longer you can keep it up. Kindness can do so many great things. Check it out and see. Then come back and share!!

Have a great weekend! God Bless!

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Flu in Mexico

Hello everyone!! I assume you have heard about the flu deaths in Mexico. Well, please read this Post that a friend wrote to get some good information about it.

Let’s take this as seriously as we can, who knows what could happen. Let’s also pray for the people in Mexico who are being affected by this.

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Life’s Journey ~ Day 22 ~ Final day :-(

Well, the end has come…I did not make it the full 30 days.  I started failing pretty fast the last couple of days and my husband was extremely worried that I had gone too far.  So my official tally is 21 1/2 days.  In the bigger picture, that sounds incredible.  Now I just have to get myself past all the self bashing.

I feel like I have let so many people down.  I made such a big deal out of going the full 30 days and so many people have been watching and praying for me.  I found my connection to God about a week ago, so I accomplished the main goal I set out to, I needed to get right with God.  I have found myself praying more, soul-searching and just basically discovering myself in God’s world.  I am grasping onto that now as I battle the demons of failure.  They keep whispering in my head about how I failed.  I let everyone down.  How they knew I couldn’t finish yet another task that I have started.  These are the same demons that tell me that I am unworthy of the success that Mona-Vie will bring me.  That I don’t deserve to have nice things and not worry about my bills.  That I am not good enough to offer help to those less fortunate than me.  These are the voices that up until now I chose to listen to exclusively and allow myself to drown in the darkness they bring.  But no more!

Today I offer myself to the world as a contender.  I will no longer hide in the shadows and wallow in self pity.  I will no longer allow myself to be brought down by anyone or anything.  I have to believe that God has big plans for me and that I have to stand up to the task.

My biggest motivations for succeeding with Mona-Vie are:

1) The phenominal health it has brought to my family.  I would feel extreme guilt if I did not at least attempt to share this with anyone and everyone I know.

2) My nephew.  He is autistic and my sister has lived somewhat of a nightmare trying to get him taken care of in school.  My nephew is a joy and he is not the source of my sister’s struggles.  The trouble is getting him schooled.  I want to be able to fund a safe and long term center for autistic children and adults.

3) I need to prove to myself that I can finish something I start and this is going to be it.  My fast has just proven to me that the Mona-Vie is an extraordinary product.  Without it I would not have made it this far.  People can say whatever they want about the cost, but you are not going to find anything with this kind of nutritional value for any less, especially something that will pay you!!

So, as I end my fast and start moving forward, I pray that I will continue to honor God in all I do and I pray for the best for all of you!!  I invite you to at least consider the benefits and the opportunity that Mona-Vie offers.  What do you have to lose?  Less than $300 investment for your health and the potential to become financially secure.  There is no other opportunity out there that can offer you more.

Thanks for coming by!  God Bless!

~Jena

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